Dixons says almost 6 million cards targeted in cyberattack

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The UK electronics retailer said 1.2 million records containing nonfinancial data, such as names, addresses and emails, were breached.

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LONDON: Dixons Carphone Plc said a cyber attack affected almost 6 million payment cards as hackers sought unauthorized access to customers’ personal data.

The UK electronics retailer said 1.2 million records containing nonfinancial data, such as names, addresses and emails, were breached. The attack involved the processing systems of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores, the electronics retailer said Wednesday in a statement, adding that there was no evidence of any fraudulent use of the data at this stage.

Dixons shares fell as much as 4.9% in London.

About 5.8 million cards affected had chip-and-PIN protection, the company said, and the data accessed for these cards do not include the personal identification codes or other authentication data enabling cardholders to be identified or purchases to be made. About 105,000 cards issued outside the European Union, without chip-and-PIN protection, were compromised, Dixons said.

“Cybercrime is a continual battle for business today and we are determined to tackle this fast-changing challenge,” Chief Executive Officer Alex Baldock said in the statement.

The latest breach follows a previous cyber attack at the retailer’s Carphone Warehouse unit that resulted in a fine of 400,000 pounds (RM2.1 million) by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. In the 2015 incident, hackers exposed the personal details of more than 3 million customers and some employees.

Last month, the retailer forecast that earnings this year will slump about 21% as it closes mobile-phone stores in a contracting UK household-electronics market. Pretax profit will drop to about 300 million pounds in the year ending April 2019, Dixons Carphone said.


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